Surgeon hides big mistake from patient

A British surgeon will keep his job despite making a fundamental mistake during surgery and hiding it from the patient.

A medical tribunal found he acted dishonestly, but has allowed him to keep practising.

It heard Nicholas Brooke, a consultant neurosurgeon at a large Southhampton hospital, operated on the wrong vertebrae in 2012, but realised his error three days later when he was writing a discharge letter.

Dr Brooke chose not to inform the patient, but instead called him three weeks later to see if he was still in pain — which he was — and offered to reoperate, which the patient accepted

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